Tomb Raider: Alicia Vikander pictured as Lara Croft in new official image

Actress speaks about the difference between her and Angelina Jolie's interpretation of the character

Roisin O'Connor
Friday 14 July 2017 11:41
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Alicia Vikander at the 80th Annual Academy Awards
Alicia Vikander at the 80th Annual Academy Awards

Another new photo has been released from the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Alicia Vikander also explains the difference between her portrayal of Lara Croft and that by Angelina Jolie.

The Oscar-winning Vikander talks about how she inhabits the role of the legendary game character.

"She has all the fierce, tough, curious, intelligent traits, but we’ve stripped away all of her experience,” she said.

"She hasn’t gone on an adventure just yet. She thought he was a stuck up businessperson living in the modern youth culture of suburban London, but then this whole box of information. This is the beginning.”

Croft's backstory has been given an overhaul in the movie which is set for release in 2018.

The action hero is a bike messenger searching for her missing father - beginning at the last place she knows he was - in a tomb off the coast of Japan.

Director Roar Uthang said: “We see Lara as a young woman, smart and capable but largely unfocused, and follow her on a dangerous journey that will push her to her limits in every sense and allow her to hone the skills she needs to ultimately become who she was meant to be.”

He added: “What's different about this Tomb Raider movie is that it's an origin story for the big screen, focusing not only on Lara's strength and physical accomplishments but also her humanity.”

The official plot description reads: “Suddenly, the stakes couldn't be higher for Lara, who - against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit - must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown.

“If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.”

Vikander told Vanity Fair: “I think people can identify with her [Lara] for lots of different reasons, but for me I very much see her as a model for many young women. She's trying to carve out her place in the world and connect her future with her past. She also has a fantastic mix of traits - tough, smart, vulnerable, plus she's kick ass!

“She is also uniquely different to other characters I have taken on previously. It's a lot of fun trying to get into Lara's head and the challenge of getting to grips with such a physical role is an element of this project that I find an absolutely thrill.”

Tomb Raider is set for release in the UK on 28 March 2018.

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